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'Confederate Heritage' Tag Sought [FL]
local6 ^ | 25-feb-2008

Posted on 02/26/2008 8:29:15 AM PST by stainlessbanner

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Panhandle legislator wants Florida to issue license tags honoring "Confederate Heritage" -- complete with images of Dixie flags and buttons from Rebel uniforms.

"It's a part of our history, whether we like it or not," Rep. Don Brown, R-DeFuniak Springs, said in an interview with Local 6 News partner Florida Today. "I appreciate the heritage and the good things that people feel about our past."

Motorists could pay $25 for the tag, with proceeds going to education programs run by Sons of Confederate Veterans, graveyard location and maintenance, museum exhibits and other cultural activities. The current version of Brown’s bill, HB 1007, also provides a specialty tag for the Choctaw tribe, but an aide said the issues will be separated into two stand-alone bills.

Bob Hurst, second lieutenant commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ Florida organization and head of its Tallahassee camp, said the state group paid a $60,000 filing fee and gathered more than 30,000 signatures from drivers ready to buy a Confederate Heritage tag if the Legislature authorizes it.

"We've done everything required of us," said Hurst. "All we’re asking for is to be treated fairly and equally. There are 108 specialty tags now and six before the Legislature this year. I hope the governor and Legislature will play by the rules; if not, I think it speaks poorly of the Florida Legislature."

But state Sen. Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, said tag supporters have a lost cause. Lawson, who served 18 years in the House, said Crist and Florida GOP leaders won't want the state embroiled in the kind of controversy the flag has sparked in South Carolina, Mississippi and Georgia.

"I would not let the bill go through with that on it, if it comes over from the House," said Lawson, who chairs the Governmental Operations Committee. "I'm really surprised Rep. Brown would even consider doing it. It doesn’t make sense to create this kind of divisiveness in the legislative session."

Proceeds from tag sales would be used "to fund educational programs in schools, cemetery location and restoration, educational scholarship programs and other projects within the state promoting Florida’s history and heritage."

Brown has clashed with his party's leadership in the past -- he lost his leadership position last year when he voted against insurance reform legislation. He said he is not worried about political sensitivities regarding the flag.

"I can't be responsible for what the political climate may be," he said. "But I can be responsible for doing what I think is right."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: confederate; dixie; fl; heritage; licenseplate; scv; tag

[Image courtesy of Florida Today.]
1 posted on 02/26/2008 8:29:17 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion; snuffy smiff; slow5poh; EdReform; TheZMan; Texas Mulerider; Oorang; ...

ping


2 posted on 02/26/2008 8:31:30 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner; Tijeras_Slim; CougarGA7

3 posted on 02/26/2008 8:32:40 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

YYEEEEEEEHAAAAAA!!!


4 posted on 02/26/2008 8:38:04 AM PST by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: martin_fierro; CougarGA7

Look, a Po’ Folkswagon!


5 posted on 02/26/2008 8:38:55 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: martin_fierro

Does the horn play the Herbie song?


6 posted on 02/26/2008 8:40:46 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner
This will only fly in the pork chop counties north of Ocala.

Its amazing how the pork choppers seem to think they still run the state. Unless they have a cattle ranch of their own, they don't.

I can see this opening up the door for "ethnic heritage" license plates.

7 posted on 02/26/2008 8:41:23 AM PST by Clemenza (I live in New Jersey for the Same Reason People Slow Down to Look at Car Wrecks)
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To: martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim

I'd hit it.

8 posted on 02/26/2008 8:41:31 AM PST by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: stainlessbanner
This will only fly in the pork chop counties north of Ocala.

Its amazing how the pork choppers seem to think they still run the state. Unless they have a cattle ranch of their own, they don't.

I can see this opening up the door for "ethnic heritage" license plates.

9 posted on 02/26/2008 8:41:31 AM PST by Clemenza (I live in New Jersey for the Same Reason People Slow Down to Look at Car Wrecks)
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To: Clemenza

how do you get a pork chop from a cow?


10 posted on 02/26/2008 8:43:33 AM PST by old gringo
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To: old gringo

how do you get a pork chop from a cow?
__________

very carefully.


11 posted on 02/26/2008 8:46:20 AM PST by dmz
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To: old gringo; stainlessbanner
The "Pork Chop" is an old term that refers to North Florida. If you take out the panhandle and add North Central Florida, you can see what it is shaped like.

Back before the "one man one vote" decision ended the old system of apportioning state legislatures, State Senators and Legislators from North Florida effectively ran the state, as there are more counties in the northern part of the state, despite the fact that it has less population than South Florida and the Gulf Coast. The powerful State Senators from North Florida were subsequently referred to as the "Pork Chop Gang."

12 posted on 02/26/2008 8:50:25 AM PST by Clemenza (I live in New Jersey for the Same Reason People Slow Down to Look at Car Wrecks)
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To: stainlessbanner
..well, I guess if we are talking about Florida and heritage, folks won't object if others want this license plate?


13 posted on 02/26/2008 8:51:26 AM PST by mnehring ("Ronald Reagan has made Jimmy Carter look like a conservative..."- Ron Paul)
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To: stainlessbanner; Joe Brower

FL PIING!

I’m fer it! (don’t quote me on that)


14 posted on 02/26/2008 8:52:40 AM PST by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: stainlessbanner

It would certainly be better and more appropriate than a lot of stuff that comes out of the statehouse.


15 posted on 02/26/2008 8:52:51 AM PST by varina davis
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To: stainlessbanner

I hope they get it passed....I had a g-grandfather enlisted from Monticello (jefferson county)...I never thought that in my lifetime there would be such an effort to eradicate the history of the CSA....the demands will only get worse from the black “victimhood” crowd and their supporters....meanwhile black social structures are crumbling.


16 posted on 02/26/2008 8:56:50 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: stainlessbanner

It will never pass.
This being a election year, it’s best not to even bring it up for a vote.............Very Bad Timing


17 posted on 02/26/2008 9:02:58 AM PST by Nokia
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To: Nokia

I dare anyone to drive their car, with that lic. plate, to a black neighborhood.


18 posted on 02/26/2008 9:30:07 AM PST by bicyclerepair (It took a Carter to get a Reagan.)
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To: stainlessbanner

I refuse to pay extra for a license plate. The money raised goes in the general fund in spite of what they tell us.


19 posted on 02/26/2008 10:25:27 AM PST by Waco
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To: STONEWALLS
A popular vote on the issue would be necessary for this to pass...oh, nevermind...this is Florida....
20 posted on 02/26/2008 10:37:27 AM PST by vetvetdoug (Just when one thinks life is strange, it gets stranger.)
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To: STONEWALLS

“I never thought that in my lifetime there would be such an effort to eradicate the history of the CSA....”

that’s ok, wait til the knowitall naysayers on here get ahold of this.


21 posted on 02/26/2008 11:32:17 AM PST by swmobuffalo ("We didn't seek the approval of Code Pink and MoveOn.org before deciding what to do")
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To: stainlessbanner

While not opposed to the tags, I have to say that “It’s a part of our history, whether we like it or not,” is a pretty weak reason to commemorate something. Lots of things were part of our history that shouldn’t be on license plates.


22 posted on 02/26/2008 2:42:02 PM PST by SlapHappyPappy
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To: STONEWALLS

Be careful what you wish for. I don’t think “Descendant of Slaves Heritage” Plates are exactly a good idea, but they would be just as valid.


23 posted on 02/26/2008 2:45:03 PM PST by SlapHappyPappy
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To: SlapHappyPappy

Good point


24 posted on 02/26/2008 2:51:56 PM PST by Nokia
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To: stainlessbanner
Those are beautiful plates SB
25 posted on 02/26/2008 9:53:07 PM PST by StoneWall Brigade ('A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday does not know where it is today... R.E. Lee)
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To: stainlessbanner
Those are great plates SB
26 posted on 02/26/2008 10:09:38 PM PST by StoneWall Brigade ('A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday does not know where it is today... R.E. Lee)
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To: Clemenza
I can see this opening up the door for "ethnic heritage" license plates.

With Hildebeast and the "I am a victim" crowd playing ethnic-identity politics and gonadal-identity politics all over the place, well, maybe it's time to get it out on the table where everyone can look at it and see that, oops, maybe everybody gets to play, not just Hillary and pals.

27 posted on 02/28/2008 9:18:23 PM PST by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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